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Issue 8
May 2016
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FEATURE

The Upstream Project:
Preventing Youth Homelessness

The best way to address youth homelessness? Prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Countries such as Australia have achieved great success in addressing youth homelessness by developing integrated community responses that operate within the school system. Why schools? Because virtually every young person who becomes homeless was in school at one point, and was very likely in contact with an adult (teacher, guidance counselor, coach) who knew something was wrong but didn't know how to help.
Based on Australia's The Geelong Project, The Upstream Project first identifies and asses students at-risk of homelessness using a Student Needs Survey. These young people are then connected to community agencies that provide wraparound services based on the youth's unique needs.Desired outcomes of the project include increasing high school engagement and graduation rates and reducing family breakdown and involvement in crime.
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Upcoming Event: Sounds in the 6ix
 
Sounds in the 6ix is as interactive music event featuring local bands that will compete for votes from the audience and a panel of judges to determine a winner. The event will also include a photo booth, silent auction, food & drinks, door prizes and more - so don't miss out on the fun! All proceeds support Raising the Roof's national homelessness prevention initiatives. Join us June 9th, 2016 in Toronto!
Raising the Roof Welcomes: Elisa Traficante

We are pleased to welcome Elisa Traficante, Project Manager Community Initiatives as the newest staff member at Raising the Roof. Elisa has over 15 years’ experience managing and evaluating community projects with at-risk youth, both as a Manager and a Director in various community organizations. Firmly rooted in an anti-oppressive framework, Elisa is passionate about developing social justice initiatives and programming. Elisa leads The Upstream Project and Raising the Roof's community initiatives focused on prevention.
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